Any one who follows my photography, especially on Facebook, knows how I love my black and white. I love it for the romantic feel it gives the photograph and how it leaves a clean, uncluttered focus on the most important thing in the photograph, the subject. I use if for drama and to center the audiences attention on the feeling I want to express in a photograph. Many of my favorite photographs of my own children I have converted to black and white as, to me, it adds to the timelessness of the photos.
This particular session is one of the few that I felt should be entirely NOT black and white. It is all about COLOR. Lot's of it. From the early summer rich green of the grass to the reds and yellows dancing off the setting sun, this particular family photography session is just brilliant in color. These color in these photographs accentuate their love, the warmth in their embraces, the joy in them lifting their children in the air. In the same way black and whites make a photo seem timeless, the color in these photos remind me summer, of childhood memories, of the winding down in the late evening before the kids are off to bed. Often times before I take a photograph I will know whether I will prefer it in color or black and white and this time I new all along, color!
About the warmth in these photos, this family session was of particular importance to me. The older son is off to school at Beebe Elementary School in Naperville with my own son this year. I know the importance of this last summer together before it all begins... their oldest son is growing up.
I know the parents were also concerned about how their children would be during the photo session, like all parents are. Despite their parents fears, they boys were both little angels, engaged and enjoying the photoshoot as we played and ran through their beautiful white picket fenced back yard. It was exactly the way a photo shoot should be. No yelling at or over directing the kids. We simply let them be themselves, guided them in certain ways, and as a result we have an a wonderful set of photographs that truly capture the personalities and connections between this family of four. There were so many great photos from this session that I am tempted to post of all them. Yes, all of them. For now, here is a sampling of my favorites.